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How to Grow Wild Garlic

Updated February 21, 2017

Wild garlic, also known as crow garlic, is a perennial herb that you can grow in your vegetable garden. Native to Europe and parts of Asia, wild garlic yields smaller bulbs than conventional garlic but has a similar taste. It can be used in cooking or even eaten raw. Wild garlic prefers to grow in large patches, but you can still have success growing a small amount near your house or in a vegetable garden. Before planting, pick a site that gets full sunlight and has well-drained soil.

Dig a hole where you want to plant the bulbs. Dig down at least 4 inches and add some soybean meal.

Break apart the wild garlic bulbs into individual cloves. Plant the cloves with the root side facing down.

Fill in the hole with dirt once all the cloves are planted. Cover with mulch to prevent weeds from growing in the freshly turned soil.

Water the area at least one time per week. As the seedlings come up, mist them gently with water as well.

Tip

Like conventional garlic, wild garlic can help people keep their blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels under control.

Warning

Planting with bulbs is better than using seeds since it will produce garlic much faster.

Things You'll Need

  • Wild garlic bulbs
  • Mulch
  • Shovel
  • Soybean meal
  • Spray bottle
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David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.